How to use different windows in different monitors?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Damian, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Hi guys,
    I'm wondering, is there a way to setup a dual monitor system(with windows
    xp) to divide multiple windows between two(or more) monitors? Lets say I
    have firefox and Internet Explorer, etc running and want to send firefox
    window to one monitor and IE to the other monitor. Is that possible? If so,
    what sort of video card, software do I need? Help appreciated.
    Damian, Mar 1, 2010
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  2. Damian

    Rob Guest

    A card capable of running two monitors - most do now. The software
    driver for that card will have the set-up within. You make one wide screen.

    What a pain if one monitor with this set-up has not been switched on
    then it reverts to one monitor and you go through the process again.

    better off with one wide monitor.
    Rob, Mar 1, 2010
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  3. Damian

    Rob Guest

    That's what I said you have to set it up again.

    For you maybe.

    I have a widescreen and its much preferable than having two monitors
    what's more its cheaper for one wide screen.

    When you work it out again take into consideration screen resolution for
    LCD monitors.

    The ideal set-up for video editing is two 26" screens.
    Rob, Mar 2, 2010
  4. Damian

    Rod Speed Guest

    One that supports dual monitors.
    Nothing extra, XP and a video card that supports more than one monitor will do that.
    Rod Speed, Mar 2, 2010
  5. Damian

    Rod Speed Guest

    Farts wrote
    It can.
    The technical term for that is 'pathetically inadequate sample'
    Rod Speed, Mar 2, 2010
  6. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Thanks Roddles, straight and simple answer that I can understand. :). Can
    you please tell whether this is possible with two seperate video cards?
    Damian, Mar 2, 2010
  7. Damian

    Rob Guest


    Why bother with two cards, most cards now support 2x DVI or have one
    VGA and one DVI port, all yon need is an adaptor to output to your
    monitor type. DVI > VGA or VGA > DVI

    Some cards come with the adaptors.
    Rob, Mar 2, 2010
  8. Damian

    Terryc Guest

    Yes, very easy to do.
    You can buy dual port (two monitor) video cards, or you can just install
    multiple video cards. Best if the monitors and the cards are the same
    resolution capcaity.
    Very easy to do under win2K and I guess all their other current crop.
    are just as easy.

    Once you get the drivers for the video cards installed (control panle,
    system hardware o add new hardware), you might need to add drivers for
    the monitors if they don't function as Plug and pray.

    Reboot, then right click on display, enable and position each display
    relative to the others, e.g left, middle/centre or right.

    I have no idea how you get it to conssidtently fire up and open an app
    in a certain window.

    As to linux, the whole situation is in flux once again. The old system
    with multiple cards and multiple monitors worked on the old x system. it
    was brilliant as you could patch together any old card/monitor with any
    other old card monitor combo.

    Then in true Linux style, they changed the X system and dumped all that
    and now have some cludge based only on dual monitor cards based on
    proprietary drivers.
    Terryc, Mar 2, 2010
  9. Damian

    Terryc Guest

    Yes, just shut down, plug in second card, instal drivers, go to display
    and set up.

    Worst problem is boot & base window can wander from time to time and
    apps will lock a non-operating screen (disable screenin display fixes
    that (I think)).
    Terryc, Mar 2, 2010
  10. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Thanks. I haven't got a newer video card with two seperate ports, but have
    few cards with one port, therefore trying to get some use out of them as
    well. :)
    Damian, Mar 2, 2010
  11. Damian

    Rob Guest

    Do you have AGP cards or PCI cards ????

    Boards have one AGP slot and heaps of PCI slots. So you may not have a
    PCI card to fit.
    Rob, Mar 2, 2010
  12. Damian

    Terryc Guest

    I have a dozen totally useless AGP cards and another 5 possibly useful.
    There are also six PCI cards that are ether so old (4MB) it hurts the
    eyes or too modern and the system doesn't recognise them.

    Actually, little problem in the windows system. The problem is finding
    flat top to set up the monitors and the fact that none of my
    games^h^h^h^h^applications really use multiple monitors.
    Terryc, Mar 2, 2010
  13. Damian

    Rod Speed Guest

    Damian wrote
    It is possible, but which cards can work together varys.

    You still dont need anything special software wise.
    Rod Speed, Mar 2, 2010
  14. The app will open on whichever monitor it was last closed on.
    Gettamulla Tupya, Mar 2, 2010
  15. Damian

    Damian Guest

    I have both. But, just found out the AMD Athlon motherboard isn't working
    with any of the PCI cards(2 of them) that I've tried so far. AGP port is
    already being used for the existing monitor. What a bummer! :)). Any idea,
    why it isn't happy with the PCI cards(cards are good ones)? the motherboard
    is GA-7VAXP(rev 1.2) with 2.8GHz Athlon CPU. It simply won't boot(no
    screen), once I installed the additional PCI video card.
    Thanks. :)
    Damian, Mar 2, 2010
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    Justaskme Guest

    That`s your BIOS settings choice between PCI or AGP
    (can`t have both...unfortunately)
    Either PCI or AGP ...F10 then save and exit.
    Justaskme, Mar 2, 2010
  17. Damian

    Damian Guest

    In other words, I can have two PCI video cards then(but not one PCI and one
    AGP), right?
    Damian, Mar 2, 2010
  18. Damian

    Justaskme Guest

    2xpci or 2xagp

    Or mix and match...whatever!
    Justaskme, Mar 2, 2010
  19. Damian

    terryc Guest

    AFAIK that is usually just which screen gets bootup/base window.
    terryc, Mar 2, 2010
  20. Damian

    terryc Guest

    Which cards are they?

    Properly seated?

    Tried removing power cord, removing and reseating then go a few times
    (don't ask why, but sometimes it makes them work BTDT).
    terryc, Mar 2, 2010
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